How To Reduce Your Food Consumption Footprint

Carbon Footprint Reduction Tips

Skip eating animal products for a period of time

The massive infrastructure involved in livestock rearing and agriculture is a major contributor to global warming (in fact, it is responsible for 18%-25% of global emissions). This is especially true in the rearing and raising of red meat. Reducing your meat and animal product consumption has a major impact on your footprint.

Become a vegan 

Potential Yearly Emissions Reductions: -2000 lbs CO2e  |  Potential Yearly Cost Savings: $559

Become a vegan for a day

Potential Emissions Reductions: -5.48 lbs CO2e per day  |  Potential Cost Savings: $1.53 per day

Become a vegetarian 

Potential Yearly Emissions Reductions: -1600 lbs CO2e  |  Potential Yearly Cost Savings: $559

Become a vegetarian for a day

Potential Emissions Reductions: -4.38 lbs CO2e per day  |  Potential Cost Savings: $1.53 per day

Stop eating red meat 

Potential Yearly Emissions Reductions: -1200 lbs CO2e  |  Potential Yearly Cost Savings: $389

Skip eating red meat for a day

Potential Emissions Reductions: -3.29 lbs CO2e per day  |  Potential Cost Savings: $1.07 per day

Skip eating a pre-made sandwich  

Although pre-made sandwiches are an easy lunch choice, they fuel a surprisingly large amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The University of Manchester recently carried out the first-ever study on the carbon footprint of sandwiches. They found the highest carbon footprints for sandwiches containing pork meat, cheese, and/or shrimp. They estimated that a ready-made breakfast sandwich generates 1441g of carbon dioxide equivalent – equal to the emissions created by driving a car 12 miles. The study found a home-made ham and cheese sandwich could have the lowest carbon footprint, depending on the recipe. The study also found that making your own sandwiches could reduce carbon emissions by half (compared to pre-made versions). The CO2e reduction numbers are built using an average 1200g CO2e per ready-made sandwich.

Skip eating a pre-made sandwich, and make one at home instead

Potential Emissions Reductions: -2.65 lbs CO2e per sandwich  |  Potential Cost Savings: $5.00 (on average)

Skip eating a pre-made breakfast sandwich

Potential Emissions Reductions: -3.18 lbs CO2e per sandwich  |  Potential Cost Savings: $5.00 (on average)

Grow your own vegetables  

Growing your own produce is a great way to reduce your footprint, eat healthfully, and get outside! You can reduce your carbon footprint by an average of 340 pounds of CO2e and save around $234 per year by growing 100% of the vegetables you eat.

Grow all vegetables you eat

Potential Yearly Emissions Reductions: -340 lbs CO2e  |  Potential Cost Savings: –$257

Grow 75% of the vegetables you eat

Potential Yearly Emissions Reductions: -255 lbs CO2e  |  Potential Cost Savings: –$193

Grow 50% of the vegetables you eat

Potential Yearly Emissions Reductions: -170 lbs CO2e  |  Potential Cost Savings: –$129

Grow 25% of the vegetables you eat

Potential Yearly Emissions Reductions: -85 lbs CO2e  |  Potential Cost Savings: –$64